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Sparks are flying at Fabtech

by Lisa Wichman, reporting from Fabtech 2011   

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Reports and photos from the Fabtech show in Chicago, where vendors demonstrating new welding, fabricating, stamping and finishing equipment.

Chicago—Sparks are flying at the Fabtech show in Chicago this week, where vendors are giving live demonstrations of new welding, fabricating, stamping and finishing equipment.

The floor is hopping with more than 32,000 visitors, making Fabtech 2011 the largest in the show’s history.

Registration is up 26 percent over 2009 numbers (the last time the show was in Chicago), according to organizers.

The total exhibit space takes up 10 football fields. A show this size makes for tired feet, but the big guys, such as Mitsubishi, Amada and Trumpf are doing it up in style, with full service cafes and lounge chairs in their sprawling 15,000 square-foot booths.

Check out footage from Fabtech 2011 in our photo gallery:
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